Commenting on a conversation with an Alaska couple who, like most in the Last Frontier, love their Governor, Jay Nordlinger observes, “the campaign of hate and vilification against her has been one of the most disgusting things I have ever witnessed in American public life.”
Various news outlets send teams to Alaska, but to dig up dirt, not report on the governor’s record.Â It’s almost as they see themselves as tabloid gossip columnists rather than serious journalists.Â They rush to report about the RNC paying for her wardrobe or the state reimbursing her children’s travel, but they ignore her reform record.
I decided to do a little googling to see how much they covered various stories.Â All the following are searching via Google News and were performed without quotation marks:
- “Palin Troopergate” 4,916
- “Palin daughter pregnant”Â 1,497
- “Palin natural gas pipeline” 1,390
- “Palin creationism”Â 604
- “Palin Alaska Oil and Gas Commission” 599
- “Palin Ruedrich” 21
- “Palin Renkes” 7
What are Ruedrich and Renkes you may ask?Â Well, if the media were doing their job, everyone would know about these two corrupt Republican officials whom Palin exposed and forced to resign.Â Randy Ruedrich from the Alaska’s Oil and Gas Commission, Gregg Renkes from his position as state Attorney General.
The media are more interested in her daughter’s pregnancy than the governor’s actual accomplishments.
And here’s something else interesting about Troopergate.Â We find 152 references for “Hollis French Palin Troopergate,” but only 34 when we add the word “Obama” into the mix.Â Hollis French, the state Senator spearheading the probe, is a staunch supporter of the Democratic nominee.Â 78% of the stories thus omit French’s partisan leanings.Â Well, at least 78%.Â I haven’t checked the remaining 4,764 stories to see if they note the presidential politicking involved in the investigation.
To find stories of her actual record, you need go to the conservative press:
UPDATE:Â Michael Graham wonders if Obama could be as resilient as Palin in the face of a hostile media (Via Instapundit).